iMovie Skills for Core Projects - Give your projects a "Film Look"

Many people can make a quick iMovie - it's easy. This session will help you take your skills up a notch.

These lessons will work in iMovie 9 or 11 (many of these CONCEPTS will work in other programs, too

Part one: Gather Footage
Part two: Techniques
Part three: Build it out

Part one: Gather Footage

For this session, use footage on your laptop - or download these clips

Learn about B-Roll
B-roll, B roll, or Broll is supplemental or alternate footage intercut with the main shot in an interview or documentary.
The term B-roll originates from the method of 16 mm film production from an original camera negative. Frames of workprint and of original negative are matched exactly through the use of edge numbers that appeared on each frame of original and work print. But the original was not strung together in a simple linear fashion as was the work print. Instead, the original was edited in a "checkerboard" pattern, with each shot synchronized to an equal length of opaque leader on a second roll. These "A and B" rolls functioned equally to make blind splices, fades, and dissolves possible. Each roll was printed separately onto a single roll of raw stock to produce projection prints[1] The process is described in the 1982 edition of the "Recommended Procedures" of the Association of Cinema and Video Laboratories, and in the classic text, Film and its techniques[.2]

Get some B-roll
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Go to:

Pick 512kb MPEG4

Import all your footage into a new Project

Part two: Footage and Technique

Field Trip!! To the studio!

Success= Tripod, don't move it around, good lighting, import into iMovie or iPhoto.




Green Screen:

Part three: Build it out!

Make a video called "I'm not olde school" > Mix up your dancing footage, using cool titles and layers over the antique footage b-roll!


Share ideas for these techniques in your classroom.

Extra: Snap to Beats - Match your cuts to the beats, exactly. A totally different look.